Water Conservation

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Water Conservation Is Essential For Life.  Water is an essential component of life itself. In order to ensure its availability, while saving you money at the same time, it is crucial that everyone practice good water conservation, especially in times of drought. Charlottesville Water encourages every citizen to follow these tips on easy ways to save.


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 FREE Water Conservation Kit                         $100 WaterSense Toilet Rebate                  $30 Rain Barrel Rebate


Back to School List: Water Conservation Edition

It is that time of the year again! Here at Charlottesville Water Conservation, we have created our own back to school list!  These are great tips and tricks to save water and be sustainable as you prepare for the upcoming school year.

  1. Reusable Water Bottle: Only 1 out of 5 plastic bottles is recycled, and it takes almost 700 years for them to decompose. Make sure a reusable water bottle is in everyone’s backpack this year to stay hydrated and reduce waste.
  2. Shorter Showers: Now that the first day of school is quickly approaching, it’s time to get back into the daily morning routine! Try to limit everyone’s shower to five minutes or less to save 10-25 gallons! As a bonus, get a free WaterSense showerhead from City Hall and save even more!
  3. Clean (water-friendly) Laundry: Running full loads on cold saves a lot of water AND it is better for your clothes!
  4. Reusable Lunch Containers: Planning on sending the kids to school with packed lunches? Consider getting reusable containers and lunch boxes instead of single-use baggies. 
  5. Donations: Has your family accumulated school clothes that no longer fit? Donate them to a local charity! This is a great way to declutter your house and find a second use for your old clothes.
  6. WaterSense Games: Get the kids ready for school by testing their “water sense” with EPA WaterSense’s fun games and teaching them why it is important to save water.

For your own printable checklist, click here: Back to School List

Upcoming Water Conservation News & Events

 2017 Imagine a Day without Water

Student Art Contest: Why Does Every Drop Count? September 12th - October 16th

Imagine a Day without Water Event: 11am - 1pm, October 11th on the Downtown Mall

September 16th: Belmont Bash- 2 - 6 pm at Belmont Park

October 31st: UVA Fall Sustainability Festival

Happy New Year! Make 2017 about Saving Water- Check out this 2017 Checklist to keep you on task for saving water year around! 

Fix a Leak Family 5K: For 2017 Race Results: Click Here For 2017 Race Photos: Click Here

**New Get to know your drinking water- Read the 2017 Annual Water Quality Report

 For a Full List of News & Events: Click Here


 Imagine A Day Without Water

Can you imagine a day without water?  The City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County Service Authority, and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority are hosting an event and art contest open to Grades 1st - 8th in the City and County.

Artwork will be accepted: September 12th - October 16th

Theme: Why Does Every Drop Count?
For more information on the art contest & entry forms: CLICK HERE

There will be an Imagine A Day without Water event on the Downtown Mall Wednesday, October 11th from 11am - 1pm! Come learn why every drop counts and how you can save water. 
For more information on the event: CLICK HERE

For more info about the contest and event, CLICK HERE.

2016 Imagine A Day without Water 7th & 8th Grade Winner

 7th – 8th Grade: Marco Lopez, Buford Middle School, Grade 8
2016 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest Winner

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More than 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted each year from household leaks. Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year (that is the amount of water needed to was 270 loads of laundry). 

Detect and Chase Down Leaks with this Checklist! Click Here

Save water in your house by following these 3 simple steps:

CHECK: for leaks from faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check your toilets for silent leaks using a leak detection dye tablet (free for City Residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get some). Don't forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too!

TWIST: and tighten hose & pipe connections. To save water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator (free for City residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get one).

REPLACE: fixtures as necessary with WaterSense labeled products, which are independently certified to use 20% less water and perform as well as or better than standard models (free WaterSense showerheads for City residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get one).

For more information on how to save water in your home, check our our Programs & Resources Page!

6 Easy Ways to be Water Smart Outside

Lean how to conserve water outside, especially during the hot summer months!

1. Maximize Rainwater: Take advantage of natural rainfall by installing a rain barrel. For more information on the Rain Barrel Rebate Program: CLICK HERE

2. Water Early: Early mornings are typically when heat and wind are lowest, which means water is less likely to evaporate before your plants can soak it up!

3. Water Wisely: Figure out how much water your lawn and plants really need. It is probably much less then you think!!

4. Create a Water-Wise Landscape: A beautiful yard is more than just grass.  Visit our Water Wise Landscaping and Water Wise Plants pages to learn more about the variety of different plants that can make up an attractive and water wise landscape.  These include plants that can keep your yard visually appealing in the winter.

5. Use the Right Hose: Did you know there are different types of hoses? Read the full post to find out which hose better fits your needs.

6. Fix Outdoor Leaks: A broken sprinkler can waste 25,000 gallons of water in six months. Prevent this water loss by checking your sprinkler for leaks at both the sprinkler head AND where if connects to the hose.

Read the full post and learn more about how to be Water Smart Outside, check our Programs and Resources Page.


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For more information on how to be Water Smart Outside, check our Programs & Resources Page: Click Here

Be Water Smart Inside:

Remember to Check. Twist. Replace. to be water smart inside your home! 

The Toilet Rebate:

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As of July 1, 2012, only WaterSense labeled toilets will be eligible for the rebate.  WaterSense products have been tested by a third party and are proven to be as effective as conventional products while using at least 20% less water!

The City of Charlottesville is offering a $100 rebate for the purchase and installation of a WaterSense toilet.  Open the brochure to submit for your rebate now, or go to this page for more detailed program information.

Use of the toilet accounts for 30% of the average home's indoor water use. Toilets from before 1994 are especially wasteful; if replaced by an efficient model, a typical household can save thousands of gallons per year! Make water conservation automatic - install a WaterSense toilet.

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Residential Water Calculators:

In addition, the Alliance for Water Efficiency has a new calculator on their Home Water Works website.  You can find more water calculators on our links page.The City of Charlottesville has a residential water use calculator available! This calculator will help to determine where your water goes, which can help you find the best ways to conserve. You will be able to compare your usage to the average in our community.

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Free Indoor Water Conservation Kits:

A program in place since 2002, City residents may pick up a FREE kit from the Utility Billing office, located in City Hall. The low flow fixtures are easy to install, and will make daily water conservation easy for the whole family! For question, please contact the Water Conservation Program Coordinator.


Take a look at our new brochures, published by the Environmental Protection Agency:

            Saving Water Saves Energy
            Simple Steps to Save Water
These are now available at City Hall and the Utility Billing Office, and will be at all water conservation events around town.

Unsure how to start saving water this year?

           Check out the Charlottesville Water Conservation Checklist for 2017 and start saving water now! 

For more information on how to be Water Smart Inside, check our Programs & Resources Page: Click Here
For more information on City rebates & incentives: Click Here

Water Conservation in the Media 

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  Charlottesville Water Conservation is on Facebook!
   Like us to stay up-to-date with our programs, events, and ways to save water! Click Here to Like Us!

Did you know that Charlottesville Public Works has a Twitter account!
  Follow @CvillePW to get updates on your utilities, traffic, water conservation, and environmental updates!
  Click Here to Follow Us!

Three water conservation commercials are airing on local TV stations. If you haven't seen them yet - or simply must watch again - they are posted on VIMEO
   Fix Leaks
   Toilet Rebate

Charlottesville Water Conservation Newsletter

Interested in getting approximately monthly updates from the Charlottesville Water Conservation Program? Join our newsletter to get updates on events, news, and resources and tips on how to save water and money! Email us for details: waterconservation@charlottesville.org


For more information, contact: Charlottesville Water (434) 970-3800

or Email the Water Conservation Program Coordinator

Direct Website Link: www.charlottesville.org/waterconservation

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